Thanks for all the sweet comments on my "before and after".....there were a few questions so I am going to try and plow through them before I get to my vacation review!

My nephew [on the right] and his partner at the opening of their Tap Room.  Antigua Cerveza Brewery

#1 First up: "what is cut yardage"?  Well it's when you order carpet off the roll [what you would use for wall to wall] and have it surged for an area rug.  You might not know this but most carpet is sold in 12 foot rolls.  If I needed a 10 X 12 then I would buy 10 ft of carpet.  But....if you needed an 8 X 10 then you have to buy the 12 ft [the width of the carpet roll] along with 8 ft.  You will then have a 2 X 8 ft strip leftover.  Which you can also us as a runner somewhere!

I know....way too much math in the morning! So why buy "cut yardage"?  Well I can get a reasonable priced piece of carpet [especially if I need an awkward size] instead of being locked in to standard size rugs. 

#2 Second question was where did I get the bedside chest.
Of course I ordered it from a wholesale vendor but you can find it here

#3 Next question....the pillow on the bench was from HomeGoods!

#4 The art came from HomeGoods also but I had it reframed.

#5 The small stool also came from HomeGoods!

#6  The Bed is from Bernhardt Interiors and is called the Cooper Wing Bed.

Lessons over for the day!

On to my vacation!

So I went back to La Antigua.  Not the island but a small city surrounded by volcanos in Guatemala.  It's not a beach town....the elevation is 4000 ft and there is no humidity!  The weather is in the 70's pretty much all the time. Cobblestone streets, great restaurants and very quaint.  It is actually the wedding capital of South America!

My nephew [who opened a brewery down there about 3 years ago] was opening a tap room so we went down to help celebrate!


This is where we stayed....I would give it a solid 3.5 stars.  I let my brother in law pick the hotel.

Look I can't be in charge of everything....[but I do like to try].  He's kind of cheap "frugal" if you get my drift. The best hotel is about 30.00 more a night but I am a team player so I played nice....haha. 

Everything is so green down there because of the weather.  It's only a 3 1/2 hour nonstop flight from Atlanta so it's a great place to go for a quick trip.

We were walking around and stumbled across this hotel.....It was gorgeous....

There are many small boutique hotels....

Below was another one that was gorgeous....
Pensativo House Hotel

I might stay at this pretty and all kinds of white.

But hey listen....I doubt they folded the wash clothes like this.....hahaha

Back to the Tap Room!

From a designers point of view I love the design of their cans!


Final day......comfortable travel outfit.  Leggings [from Loft] , J Crew Juliette Sweater Old Banana Republic scarf....BR sunglasses and a hat bought off the street.

You can read my post from the last time I went here

K....I know vacation post are only exciting to the people who went but have to take the boring post with the before and afters right!

Happy Weekend!




Back from vaca and all renewed!  Of course I obviously did not get my s*#t together so I didn't post on hey give a sister a break right:)

Part of the problem is that internet is sketchy down there in La Antigua......that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.

Anyway more on my trip I have a little before and after for ya.

As in a master bedroom......which as we all know....somehow is always the last room that gets done!

Let's just dive right in....and please forgive crappy iPhone pictures.


No judging....The first thing we did was put in hardwood floors to match the hallway.

But then we wanted a large carpet for coziness and the fact that she has an older dog who occasionally has "accidents" I used some inexpensive cut yardage to be practical.

I ordered this bed from Bernhardt Interiors.

These were some of the fabrics I started playing around with.....

I also ordered this bench from Amazon...

To be recovered and put under the window....

I picked out some pretty bedding from Pine Cone Hill....and used the Thibaut fabric for the pillow shams.

Another before.....

Because the light fixture had not been installed yet! And I had nothing for over the bed.

The real after!

So much better!

This Currey and Co semi flush is perfect for 8 ft ceilings!


I added some color and pattern by using the Thibaut fabric in the curtains!  Kind of a change up for me as I usually do a neutral.

Who am I.....ha ha
We painted the walls Ben Moore White Dove....duh.

And added a Schumacher wallpaper on the bed wall for a little interest.



I love how the bench turned out.

We also have new 4" plantation shutters coming.

I got these prints at HomeGoods but I needed to have them reframed.  The white was way too stark and I wanted them to be a little bigger.

Here they are.....much better huh? The colors were perfect and again adding another modern aspect!

These Pottery Barn Lamps....
I have the same bedside chest from Bernhardt Interiors.
I kept it symmetrical using the same on each side.

And I added a little stool for necessities :)

We also kept her original dresser and had the TV [she got a larger one] mounted.



I've tried a lot of things over a bed but somehow a round object seems to work....#onetrickpony

And there you have it....

On Friday a full recap on my trip to La Antigua with my sisters!

I just heard on TV that there is 14 days until Christmas....whoa.


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